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    "ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies", Prof. Mark Griep (U. Nebraska), and Career Development Help

    June 21, 2012
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Manzo's Restaurant
    1571 S. Elmhurst Ave
    Des Plaines, IL 60018

    Have you ever wondered about the contents of Dr. Jekyll’s ‘Hyde formula’ or the invisibility drug monocaine from The Invisible Man? At the Chicago Section ACS June meeting, you'll find out and explore the larger theme of the dark and bright sides of chemistry in the movies. Also, this event will start with a mentoring session for chemists seeking employment, "You Just Finished Your BS/MS/PhD/Postdoc in Chemstry - Now What?". Furthermore, we will celebrate the achievements of Sandy Angelos, winner of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Come join us!


    5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
    5:00 - 6:00 PM · Career Mentoring
    5:30 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour
    6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner
    7:30 - 7:45 PM · DSA and 50- and 60- Year Member Awards
    7:45 PM · General Meeting

    FEATURED TALK: Dr. Griep specializes in studying how chemistry is represented in movies. For example, in Clambake from 1967, Elvis Presley is a chemist who develops a super-hard, super-fast drying varnish that he uses to win the boat race, the girl, and his father's respect.  You will learn that when chemistry is part of the narrative in movies, it is about the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and inventor chemists, between the invisible man and forensic chemists, between chemical weapons and classroom chemistry, between avaricious chemical companies and altruistic research chemists, and, finally, about the relationship between people who choose to experiment with mind-altering drugs vs. the drug discovery process.

    PRE-DINNER CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION: You Just Finished Your BS/MS/PhD/Postdoc in Chemistry. Now What? Are you wondering what you’ll do after completing your studies?  Don’t know how to get a job in the chemical field?  Not sure of what you want to do? The Chicago Section Women Chemists Committee will be sponsoring a mentoring session for all chemistry graduate, undergraduate and postdoctoral students, female and male, who are interested in getting jobs in chemistry.  Members of the Chicago Section ACS with experience in corporate, academic and government settings will be present to help students with their resumes, answer career questions, and provide examples of the types of jobs available in chemistry today.

    For further information or transportation possibilities, please call the Chicago Section ACS office at 847-391-9091.


    The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members for outstanding and dedicated service to the Chicago Section ACS. The posthumous winner of this year’s award is Sanford Angelos. B.S. in Chemistry(UIC, 1972), M.S. in Criminalistics (UIC, 1975), M.Ed in Research Evaluation (UIC, 1985), he joined the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement in 1975, then went on to the U.S. DEA  (1976 - 2006). From then until his untimely death in December, 2011 Sandy ran his own company, Aris Associates, Ltd., an independent contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice. During his career Sandy testified in over 500 court cases involving illicit drug trafficking.

    As a member of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society Sandy served in the capacities of Chair-Elect, Chair, Past-Chair, Treasurer, Director, Editor, and Chair of the Bylaws, Distinguished Service Award, Environmental Health and Safety, Gibbs Arrangements, House, National Affairs, Policy, Professional Relations, and Program Committees. By actual count Sandy gave the equivalent of seventy four years of service to the Chicago Section during his twenty three years of membership.

    Biography:  Prof. Mark Griep is a chemistry professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who studies the process of lagging strand DNA synthesis enzymes.  He has devoted his teaching career to finding ways to engage people to want to learn more chemistry.  In 2008, he was awarded the UNL Distinguished Teaching Award for revising the Chemistry Department’s course for non-scientists.  In 2009, he co-authoredReAction! Chemistry in the Movies.  It was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in the area of the public understanding of science and published by Oxford University Press.  The book was favorably reviewed in Nature ChemistryChemistry WorldEntrepreneurChemical Heritage Magazine, and on the ScriptPhD blog.  In 2010 and 2011, he presented lectures about using movie clips to teach chemistry at the National Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society’s national meeting


    • Onion Soup 
    • Garden Salad with Choice of Dressing
    • Entrée Selections:

    New York Strip Steak or

    Tilapia (fish) or

    Pasta Primavera

    • Dessert is Spumoni Ice Cream





    $37.00 Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Cash at the door: $35 member/ $37 nonmember/ $20 student/retired/unemployed